The Integra moniker returns to the North American market for the 2023 model year in the form of a sporty-looking Acura sedan. Several months before the debut of the Acura Integra, Honda revived the name for the Chinese market. The Honda Integra family has now received a new addition and is one of the few vehicles in China with a manual transmission available.
The new Honda Integra Hatchback – The hatchback is actually part of its name – is built by the GAC-Honda joint venture and is, you guessed it, a more practical hatchback version of the Honda Integra. Both the sedan and hatchback versions of the revived Integra are based on the 11th generation Honda Civic.
The Japanese automaker will sell the new model in two versions. There is a hybrid variant with a 2.0 liter engine that runs on the Atkinson cycle. The electrified four-cylinder mill produces 141 horsepower (105 kilowatts) at 6,000 rpm and 137 pound-feet (186 Newton-meters) of torque at 4,500 rpm.
The big news, however, is the Honda Integra Hatchback 240 Turbo. It was a version of the car with a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine producing 180 hp (134 kW) and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque. It can be had with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT, depending on the customer’s preference. As CarNewsChina reports, manual transmissions are typically reserved for budget cars in China, which makes the new Integra a unique offering in the market.
In fact, Honda even gave the three-pedal version a few design changes to differentiate it from the hybrid model. A small spoiler at the rear and a diffuser with two integrated chrome exhaust pipes make the car look a bit more aggressive. It also features a two-tone exterior with a black roof and black door handles.
As a side note, it’s worth noting that Honda sells the Civic and Integra in sedan and hatchback body styles. While the similarities between the two are stark, the Japanese company operates two different joint ventures in the country – GAC-Honda selling the Integra and Dongfeng-Honda selling the Civic.